No wonder we have trouble exporting democracy...
...given that the product we produce domestically is of such low quality, it is perhaps not surprising that it hasn't been a best selling export.
On the one hand we have a President promising painless pie in the sky and on the other we have the opposition claiming that Obama wants to kill your grandma.
Who wouldn't want to buy that?
And we keep getting distracted by side issues, like the presence or absence of a "public option".
To my mind, the biggest issue is cost. We have just been given a figure of 9 trillion in additional Federal debt expected over the next decade. This number assumes fairly large tax increases over the current situation and does not reflect additional debt that might accrue due to health care legislation.
If we are going to insure everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions and not let premiums reflect risk, then premiums for healthy people are going to go up, not down, and the subsidy required for lower income folks to hold these policies are going to be extensive.
The government can't make reality go away by legislation, and they cannot borrow unlimited amounts of money without seriously adverse consequences.